2018 was one of the most exciting years in the history of WordPress for me, but at the same time, it was very stressful and emotionally draining for more than a few people in the community. Two of the most memorable 2018 “year-in-review” reflections come from veteran community members offering a deeper glimpse into their lives and work where keeping balance has been a difficult struggle.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen took a hard look at his involvement and impact in the WordPress community. He writes that he realized the way he had been participating was “hurting” him “and by association those around [him],” including his wife and son.
Morten notes that “2019 will see a significant shift in [his] focus away from WordPress and toward web standards and emerging technologies.” He plans to refocus his efforts within the community on The WordPress Governance Project and the development of WP Rig. His rationale: “These are projects I have direct influence over where I believe I can do the most good for the open source project and the community.”
Another deep personal reflection came from Carl Alexander. Carl wrote about burnout and dealing with video game addiction since both were challenges he faced. Carl continues to find positive support in the WordPress community, noting the overall positive experience of giving talks in Europe, ending the year at WordCamp US, and taking a break “to do other things.”